Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

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Basic Books, 2004 - History - 351 pages
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The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to world domination ever achieved. By the eve of World War II, around a quarter of the world's land surface was under some form of British rule. Yet for today's generation, the British Empire seems a Victorian irrelevance. The time is ripe for a reappraisal, and in Empire, Niall Ferguson boldly recasts the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernizing forces.An important new work of synthesis and revision, Empire argues that the world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. The spread of capitalism, the communications revolution, the notion of humanitarianism, and the institutions of parliamentary democracy-all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.Displaying the originality and rigor that have made him the brightest light among British historians, Ferguson shows that the story of the Empire is pregnant with lessons for today-in particular for the United States as it stands on the brink of a new era of imperial power, based once again on economic and military supremacy. A dazzling tour de force, Empire is a remarkable reappraisal of the prizes and pitfalls of global empire.
 

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Review: Empire: How Britain Made The Modern World

User Review  - Ashek Haq - Goodreads

A good starting point for ones thirst for kniwing the world history. like ascent of money it touches almost everything and discuss them briefly. if u plan to read only one book on the subject this is it, however your thirst will only increase after reading this. Read full review

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User Review  - Srivatsan Sridharan - Goodreads

If you were ever curious about how the British Empire managed to conquer 1/4th of the world's population and its landmass in a remarkably short period of time, you would really enjoy this book ... Read full review

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Contents

Why Britain?
1
White Plague
45
The Mission
93
Heavens Breed
137
Maxim
185
Empire for Sale
245
Conclusion
303
Acknowledgements
319
Illustration Acknowledgements
321
Bibliography
323
Index
337
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Niall Ferguson is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschilds , and The Pity of War ). He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement , and lives in Oxford.

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